Mark to Sue 4, part 3
I'm a painter/architect. Your profession as a teacher conjures up a pretty clear image, but "painter/architect" may be a little confusing. I paint watercolors and sell them through art galleries. As a young person I didn't see art as financially viable, so I decided to use my interest in drawing as an architect. I'm self-employed and work out of a studio separate from my house, but on the same property. I get the kids off to school; I'm here if I should be needed during the day. And I'm here when they get home. If God hadn't arranged all this, I don't know how I could have managed. I cook about 5 times a week and we eat out or with relatives the rest of the time.
If you'd like to see some of my work, go to New York Graphic Society's home page at http://www.artcatalog.com/pages/NY.html. Scroll down a little and type my name in the appropriate spot and it will show you the images. All of the originals sell through galleries, but NYGS does lithograph prints, which can be bought online or in frame shop-type galleries. I continue to do architecture as well - libraries, a little museum in Graham, TX, a country home for a client who owns four of my paintings.
You mentioned teaching your daughters to cook this summer. Are you also planning any vacations or trips? Right now I'm attempting to teach my boys lawn maintenance and basic shop and repair -- we're working on a washing machine, but I doubt we're going to be able to resurrect it. Kayla loves to get in the kitchen. She helps me make chocolate chip cookies the old fashioned way - from scratch. When we have salads for dinner, she knows all the ingredients, and does pretty well slicing vegetables. She's also teaching me about shopping for girls' clothing. I can't imagine how I'm going to teach her about all the things girls need to know (not just cooking) as she gets older, but as Scarlett O'Hara says - I'll think about that tomorrow.
I'm interested in knowing what thing in particular has been the biggest issue for you to deal with since Roger's death. Any needs going unmet? And how are you dealing with them? (Hint: no easy problems with pretty spiritual lessons permitted). I'll close for now. I'm going to resist proofreading and just send it.